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The British Library and St Pancras railway station beyond look like brick, but look closer and you will see a lot of British stone.
8 August 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Last month, Barry Hunt began a series looking at some of the building stones of the British Isles that have been used over the centuries and continue to be used today to maintain and expand the built...
Hanson Bath & Portland extracting Box Ground Bath stone.
16 May 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Hanson Bath & Portland, Avon Mill Lane, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2UG. Tel: 0117 986 9631bathandportlandstone.co.ukBath & Portland Stone is one of the oldest suppliers of natural limestone and...
The curling stones used at the Winter Olympics came from Kays of Scotland. Photo: World Curling Federation / Richard Gray
24 April 2014 | Stones / Quarries
At the Winter Olympics in Sochi this year the UK men’s curling team won a Silver Medal and the women and Paralympics teams both won a Bronze. Helping them to their victories were the stones...
 
24 April 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Granite, marble and other stone surfaces have a deep grained natural beauty. Unfortunately, the very qualities which make natural stone desirable also make it quite challenging to machine and finish...
12mm Lapitec with a 350mm unsupported overhang carrying 120kg – an impressive demonstration at EcoBuild.
24 April 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Lapitec is a new generation of product from Breton that can expand the market for stone processors – and it is available now from The Marble & Granite Centre.As the EcoBuild exhibition in...
Green… but maybe not so green.
24 April 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Verde is Italian for green but Verde stone can contain a form of asbestos that leads some to believe the stone is anything but green in the environmentally friendly sense. Barry Hunt continues his...
27 March 2014 | Stones / Quarries
"Reconstituted stone is not natural stone. While it may seek to replicate and reflect natural stone, its different appearance and behaviour becomes increasingly obvious with time, when the...
27 March 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Ham & Doulting Stone Co Ltd, which is re-opening Park Lane underground quarry, has taken over production of Bath stone from Elm Park underground quarry near Corsham, Wiltshire. Block from Elm...
This, along with headstones, is how the stone industry usually thinks of black granite.
27 March 2014 | Stones / Quarries
‘Black granite’ remains one of the most popular choices for kitchen worktops. That is surprising, as there is no such thing as black granite. So what do we mean when we talk about black...
From Rajasthan to Surrey.
25 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Most sandstone used for paving in the UK comes from remote quarries in Rajasthan. Some importers of the stone are working with the Ethical Trading Initiative to improve the conditions of workers...
The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on the travertine deposits at Pamukkale, where Roman tombs are now half buried by travertine.
25 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Travertine has become the material of choice for domestic floors, but this tough, durable contender for Marble’s crown as king of building stones is ideal in so many building applications....
The new Chicksgrove and Purbeck limestone 'Little Paradise' at Salisbury Cathedral.
24 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
The first permanent new build at Salisbury Cathedral since the 15th century opened shortly before Christmas. A purpose-designed building called ‘Little Paradise’ provides new toilet...
This is what Birchill Pennant sandstone looks like (with some blocks in the quarry inset).
24 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Cotswold Hill Stone & Masonry company, which quarries in the Cotswolds, has taken over operation of Birch Hill Quarry in the Forest of Dean from Taylor & Martin. Chris Taylor, who is 63, will...
 Paul Ryan (right), the Managing Director of Stone Developments, and Brendon Costello, the Operations Director.
28 January 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Stone Developments has re-focused its business on selling the limestone from its quarries for hard landscaping, for interiors and for building. Now it is expanding on the international market...
Slate makes the ideal roofing material but is also a great all round building material.
28 January 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Barry Hunt concludes the review of slate as a building material that he began in last month’s edition of Natural Stone Specialist. This time he considers the physical properties of slate that...

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